- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (6 Mar. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140288856
- ISBN-13: 978-0140288858
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.1 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,052,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania Paperback – 6 Mar 2003
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"Behrman writes so vividly that his turbulent mood swings are brought to the page unnervingly intact
This true story is remarkable" -- The Times
"Behrmans chronicle of his descent into madness reads like a kind of rakes progress for the late 20th century" -- Esquire
"Electroboy is the story of a very modern lost soul" -- Sunday Telegraph
From the Publisher
"Electroboy is like a non-fiction version of American Psycho His life is a metaphor for the 80s everything is overblown and out of control. But Electroboy is also a sensitive account of manic depression medication, analysis, an obsession with suicide and, finally, electric shock treatment. This fusion is pure genius." Dazed & Confused
"Andy Behrmans Electroboy truly is an astonishing piece of writing That it really happened to the author is, quite frankly, astounding, tragic and hilarious by turns even sober and sane he is totally outrageous He makes Elizabeth Wurtzel, Americas queen of drugs and depression, look like Mary Poppins" Sunday Express --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
This an incredible book, not least because it's written as if he is manic: darting from one thing to another, cramming in as many experiences and sensations as he can. At times, reading this book can be exhausting but it is an incredible story and at times extremely funny. If you're easily offended then it might not be one for you (there's plenty of detail about experiences with drugs and prostitutes in this book) but otherwise, it's highly recommended.
Basically it opened my eyes to this terrible illness that plays tricks on people and eats away at their integrity. Very complex illness and difficult to understand I never realised just how disabling it is.
The stigma associated with mental illness is often very damaging to people that struggle and didn't ask to have a mental illness.
Thank you, Andy Behrman for sharing your personal story and raising awareness about bipolar disorder.
Andy Behrman, inspite of his mental illness, has written an engaging & exhausting, hilarious & horrifying memoir of where he came from, how it all started & what happened. How he moved from authentic into full throttle forgery - both in the field of his art dealing &, as the disease overwhelms him, in his life.
His monumental To Do List is a sign of things to come!
ELECTROBOY is a bit longer than needed. No excuses for the turmoil that tumbles out! You will find yourself holding your breath & then squeaking with relief tinged with chuckles. On & on he goes, round & round he swirls on highs so high he's looking down at the sky & then, in a blink, he's so at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, he can't see daylight.
Extra-ordinary, & a thought-provoking, memorable read! I will not look at my life the same way again!
Definitely worth reading if you want something fast-paced.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
really good book! enjoyed it, interesting look into themind of someone with mental health conditionsPublished 9 days ago by Jemma roe
An excellent book so far!!
Definitely a mind opener for those of you who are curious about Mania.
the book is the best book i have read on mania (very very good) it gives a insider look at mania for me for the frist timePublished on 26 Sept. 2013 by Martin Anthony Copeland
I have just finished reading this book. It is a well written and honest account of someone's journey with a mental illness. Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2012 by Daniel Hefferland
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